“Other people’s memories of the stuff in this book might not be the same as mine. I ain’t gonna argue with ‘em. Over the past 40 years I’ve been loaded on booze, coke, acid, Quaaludes, glue, cough mixture, heroin, Rohypnol, Klonopin, Vicodin, and too many other heavy-duty substances to list in this footnote. On more than a few occasions I was on all of those at the same time.”
“All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism, it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”—Conan O’Brien
Lost in the shuffle of the Conan-Leno feud is the most important American political story since the last Presidential election. Ted Kennedy’s seat, TED KENNEDY’S SEAT, is on its way to going to a Republican. This means, among many other implications, no more super majority.Throw all the big plans out the window.
It was easy to dismiss the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial races as mere aberrations and not mandates on the President’s job performance. This isn’t as easy. This is Ted Kennedy’s seat in arguably the most liberal state in the Union. Even a slight victory is a bad sign.
The President and his staffers continually talk about him thinking 4 steps ahead of everyone. That’s part of the problem. Instead of making sure he can actually make that first, second, and third step, he’s thinking about the 4th step. George W. Bush won two terms because he never considered anything past the first step, and as maddening as that is, it works. The American people want everything now and if they aren’t satisfied in any meaningful way they will not let it slide. If I’m a sitting Democratic U.S senator, I’m very worried about my job right now.
I hope I’m wrong about all of this. I really do.
If you know someone in Massachusetts, please make sure they vote Tuesday.
“Comedy is useful for social change because it is a form of expression that allows the artist to say things that would otherwise be either unsayable or ignored. Comedy can be used to create a safe place for unpopular ideas. Comedy can be used to take a powderkeg of a situation and defuse it. But, it doesn’t work unless you have the laughs.”—
Zach Weiner, from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, on Comedy and Social Change.
We’ve learned Jay’s 10:00 PM show will go on hiatus February 1. After the Olympics, Jay will take back his 11:30 PM time slot. What has not been decided — whether Jay’s show will be a half hour, followed by Conan, or whether Jay’s show will be an hour and NBC says sayonara to Mr. O’Brien.